The And Japanese Position On Permitting The Hunting Of Non Endangered Species Of Whales As A Cultural Exemption?

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1. Do you agree with the Norwegian and Japanese position on permitting the hunting of non-endangered species of whales as a cultural exemption? No. I do not believe that any country in the world should be able to hunt whales, especially if a large majority of the world disagrees with the practice. In the 1960 's the International Whaling Committee (IWC) tried to manage the commercial hunting of whales but realized that they needed a complete ban to prevent extinction. Whales are very slow to produce which makes them vulnerable to extremely quick population collapses. The IWC enacted a law prohibiting commercial hunting in 1986, but because they have no law enforcement or marine defense, over 300,000 whales have been killed since then. Whaling is an extremely cruel and slow death. The death of a whale takes over ten minutes with the possibility of the harpoon or harpoon grenade missing the animals major organs and having to get hit over and over again. This practice of killing animals would be illegal in every developed country in the world if it pertained to livestock. There are many problems in the world of whaling as well. Whales are currently being poisoned by our oceans with PCBs and Dixin – two substances banned in the US and EU. There also in not much of a demand for the meat anymore. The government of Norway has given millions of dollars to whalers for fuel tax exemptions and also provide free storage for the meat. Because the people do not like it, Norway has…

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